You will benefit from our £15 million refurbished state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and our ongoing curriculum review, which aims to further integrate the basic sciences with clinical experience, provide earlier clinical contact and increase team-working opportunities with hygienists and therapists.
Why study Dentistry at Bristol?
Bristol Dental School is committed to the highest standards in education. Our courses cover all aspects of the General Dental Council's guidance for preparing to practise as a dentist. You will gain a thorough understanding of biomedical sciences and have the opportunity to begin treating patients in year two.
Technology-enhanced learning and best educational practice will be instrumental to the delivery of the course. Following our curriculum review, the Spiral curriculum will ensure that you learn progressively the knowledge and skills that are essential to your practice as a dentist. You will return to similar topics at a higher level of understanding and application as the course progresses so that they become embedded in your practice and you will hone your skills in primary care and community settings.
Most teaching is currently based in Bristol Dental Hospital. From year three you will have the opportunity to gain community-based teaching experience in a new, purpose-built facility at South Bristol Community Hospital.
Health and Disclosure and Barring Service check
Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in dentistry. Before starting your degree you will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire and pre-course screening for blood-borne viruses. These blood tests are to identify the few whose health status may place them and/or future patients at risk.
Practising dentistry demands the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines, all dental students must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). For more information, please visit our guidelines for students on the DBS disclosure page.
What kind of student would this course suit?
A dental student must enjoy communicating, interacting and empathising with people of all ages, social backgrounds and cultures and those with special needs. You will need to have an excellent academic record, particularly in the sciences, and good time management and organisational skills.
Dentistry suits those with artistic flair who can demonstrate manual dexterity and the ability to carry out detailed work. Hand-eye coordination is essential.
Joining this profession requires a lifelong commitment to continued professional development, so dedication to learning is paramount.
Those interested in pursuing a career in dentistry should find work experience to inform themselves fully about the career and the profession.
How is this course taught and assessed?
We use a wide range of assessment methods, and you will receive support and regular feedback throughout your professional development. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project in the UK or abroad.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, small-group tutorials, supervised clinical skills training and patient treatment, and e-learning resources. Our e-portfolio enables you to learn and receive feedback from each clinical encounter and track your progress.
We use a wide range of assessment methods and pride ourselves on the quality of the reflective process and the feedback we give our students to support their professional development.
What are my career prospects?
After foundation training you may choose to practise in the NHS or in a community-based dental clinic. Alternatively, you may wish to work privately or in a dental hospital where you can specialise in areas such as oral surgery, orthodontics, restorative or paediatric dentistry.
BDS graduates will also have the opportunity to serve in all branches of the armed forces.
You may also choose to gain postgraduate qualifications, enabling you to undertake research at universities or teach in a dental school.
Read more about what students from Dentistry go on to do after graduation.
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